Joel Rood was appointed CEO of CalStar Products, a company that develops and manufactures masonry products that are produced with low energy requirements and low carbon dioxide emissions. The company chairman cited Rood’s “record of managing growth and innovation” as a strong and timely fit. With 15 years of experience in the construction products industry, Rood will guide CalStar as it expands into additional categories of sustainable building products and relocates its headquarters and R&D activity from California to its manufacturing plant in Wisconsin.

Previously, Rood was general manager of the Southern U.S. Division at James Hardie Corporation, then of CertainTeed Canada, both manufacturers of building supplies. Earlier he held upper management positions with Hilti Corp. and prior to that was an engineer with Schumberger.

After earning his BSE in civil engineering from Princeton, Rood received a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas and a master’s of science in management from Stanford University.